These are clips from a podast that was aborted because the ambient noise made listening for long periods of time super-annoying. For short clips, though, it’s okay, and so here are some of the more interesting tidbits we captured on tape. These are from the Austin Writing Workshop, which is a meetup for serious fiction writers open to anyone who would like to attend. In these clips, the subject is a short story entitled “Pretty Boy” by Richard Ford. Here is the text of the story.

As always, you can support the show by purchasing one of my e-books, like Infinite Ending: Ten Stories. Since we’ve lost our normal meeting space for now, and we’re venturing out in public for the meetups, the future of the podcast is in doubt due to sound quality issues. We’ll see.

Posted by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos founded "The Whirligig" literary magazine in 1999, which has been called "a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground." It has been said that "you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach." His long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as "thorough-goingly entertaining" and "highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed." A broadcasting-school graduate, his unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 "views" there.